NWS client Sharon gives us a comprehensive overview of her trip to the Arctic (packing tips included)!
Our Arctic trip was magical.
We flew from Detroit to Ottawa and spent a night at an airport hotel, where our winter clothes package was waiting for us at the desk. After trying everything on, we decided it was all the right size, but if it wasn’t, we later learned from a fellow traveller that it was a snap to exchange the size at the airport.
Our trip began the next morning when we flew to Iqaluit on First Air. There is no first class but it was very comfortable and at this point we were with 13 members of our 14-person group. We then got on a small plane and went on to Arctic Bay.
When we landed in Arctic Bay, we were all picked up in the town school bus. It was now the start of 24 hours of daylight, which I loved. We went to a small inn for the night and were well cared for – this was the end of Internet and creature comforts.
The next morning we got back on the bus and went to the ice. We traveled for four hours to get to our camp on sleds pulled by snowmobiles. It was a slightly bumpy ride but we found it exciting. Once we got to camp, our accommodation was amazing (for the Arctic): two people to a cabin, one heater and two cot beds. We all shared a bathhouse which had two toilets and showers.
There was a dining tent where we had three meals of amazing food (from speciality cooks) a day. Not all our meals were at the base though as lunch usually went with us to the floe edge.